April 18, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Susan Robinson Fruchtl, who recently was appointed the ninth women's basketball head coach at Providence College on April 9, has announced the first two additions to her coaching staff. Robinson Fruchtl has appointed Dan Durkin and Kristeena Alexander as assistant coaches. The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 18, less than two weeks after Robinson Fruchtl was named head coach.
Durkin spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2008-12). While at Temple, Durkin and the Owls enjoyed four, 20+ win seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances (2008-11) and a trip to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Round of 16 in 2012.
Prior to his arrival at Temple, Durkin spent 14 years (1993-2007) as the head coach at Duquesne University, helping the Dukes to University marks for most wins in a season, most conference wins and the school's highest seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Recipient of A-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1998, Durkin produced two WNBA draft picks in Korie Hlede and Candice Futrell. Hlede was Duquesne's first-ever All-American, garnering four Kodak District II honors and one Kodak National All-America Honorable Mention Award. She spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock after finishing her professional playing career. Duquesne also excelled in the classroom during Durkin's tenure, posting the highest Division I team GPA in 1998 and 1999, as announced by the WBCA. Individually, six Dukes were named to either the CoSIDA National or District 2 Academic team a total of 12 times, while they were lauded as A-10 Academic All-Conference selections a total of 11 times.
Durkin's connection to Robinson Fruchtl dates back to his time as an assistant coach at Penn State (1986-94). During this time, Penn State assembled a 181-64 record, made seven NCAA post-season tournament appearances and twice advanced to the Sweet 16. They were consistently ranked among the top-20 nationally and within the top-10 on numerous occasions throughout his appointment. Durkin served as Robinson Fruchtl's position coach when she played for the Nittany Lions from 1988-92, and aided in her development as one of the elite front court players in the country. In 1992, she was named a consensus All-American and Wade Trophy winner. Durkin served as Penn State's recruiting coordinator during the last six years of his tenure.
Durkin began coaching at the collegiate level in 1985 as assistant women's basketball coach at New Mexico State.
From 1980-84, Durkin lived in Northern Ireland where he headed Team Corona in Belfast. Corona was a Division I men's professional team in the Irish National League. Durkin's squads posted a 105-33 record and claimed three national titles under his tutelage. He also headed the girl's U-17 National Team during the 1983-84 slate.
A 1975 graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., Durkin earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Upon his graduation, and until 1980, he worked at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, Pa., and assisted with the boys' freshman and varsity basketball teams.
He and his wife, the former Bernadette McCann, a native of Northern Ireland, were married in Belfast in 1985 and have two daughters, Diane and Keara.
Alexander comes to Providence after one season as an assistant at UNC Greensboro (2011-12). Prior to her stint at UNCG, Alexander was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at George Washington University for three seasons (2008-11). During her time with the Colonials, she was instrumental in the recruitment of two classes that were ranked among the top-50 in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz in 2009 and 2010.
Alexander was a member of Robinson Fruchtl's staff at Saint Francis (Pa.) during the 2007-08 campaign. That year, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Red Flash. She assisted with the recruitment of two student-athletes who went on to earn All-Northeast Conference honors, including Samantha Leach, who was named NEC Player of the Year in 2011.
Alexander attended George Mason as a freshman (1996-97) and earned Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year honors, but finished her undergraduate degree and playing career at George Washington University (1997-00). She earned her bachelor's degree in human services from GWU in 2000. During her three seasons playing for the Colonials, Alexander was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and was named the league's Sixth Player of the Year in 2000. She also helped guide George Washington to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000 and 2001.
Alexander played for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA in 2003. She also played professionally in Denmark prior to beginning her coaching career.
In 2010, Alexander completed the Black Coaches & Administrators' Achieving Coaching Excellence program. She also is a member of the BCA and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
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